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Last weekend I set out on an adventure with my friend Jenelle (check out her recap here) and the guys (who, thank god, are more than happy to take pictures for us when it means they get to do something fun) for a weekend of “camping” and amusement park fun. The destination? Darien Lake, a theme park and campground located just outside of Buffalo.

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This park holds a lot of memories and nostalgia for me. From the time I was about 5 until I was 19, my parents rounded my brothers and I up every summer for a few days where we could enjoy the rides and my parents could have a good time. We were often accompanied by other friends or family members, which meant a good time was always had.

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This year, we decided to give Darien Lake another try. It’s been about ten years since my last visit, and I couldn’t wait to go down to relive the fun, see what had changed, and what has stayed the same. We headed down on Friday evening in this killer Chevrolet Tahoe (which might have to be my next ride) which was unbelievable. It was huge, which meant we had tons of room for everything we brought down, and some amazing features that were definitely well used (Apple Carplay, in-car wifi).

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While Darien Lake does offer a campground for those who want to “rough it”, they also offer trailer rentals, a full hotel, and, most recently, glamping and cabin rentals. We were able to spend a couple of nights in one of these new cabins and it was absolutely perfect! It sleeps 6 comfortable, with two bedrooms, a sitting area with pull out futon and all of the amenities you could need. We loved the covered porch (it did rain a bit) and the fire pit area was definitely taken advantage of.

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When it comes to the park, it was exactly as I remembered it! Of course, a few things have changed. There were a few new rides that weren’t there when I used to go, and most of the old ones that I loved were still running. We made it through almost all of the roller coasters (Boomerang was down for maintenance when we stopped by on the last day which just means we have to go back next year) and some of the more tame rides. We didn’t have a chance to check the water park out because we got rained out when we were planning on going, but the  newer slides and rides looked like so much fun. We also took a ride on the rather large ferris wheel that gave us an amazing view of the park.

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Jenelle put together this fun video so you can get an even better idea of what our trip was like:

I think we’ve started a new tradition! I already can’t wait to go back next year – thanks again to Darien Lake for having us and to Chevrolet for providing such a killer ride.

Have you ever been to Darien Lake? What’s your favourite summer destination?


Disclaimer: This trip was sponsored by Darien Lake and Chevrolet Canada, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! xo

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There are two things you need to know about me; I absolutely love false lashes and I seriously struggle to apply them. Velour Lashes recently reached out to see if I would be interested in giving their mink lashes a try and I was a little hesitant at first. I mean, was I just going to totally embarrass myself with a sad lash application. Nevertheless, I said yes, and even decided to film a YouTube video to go along with my Velour Lashes Review (oh, and make sure you keep reading because there’s a GIVEAWAYYYYYY in store for you babes!).

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Velour Lashes recently rebranded (I had my first chance to see the packaging at a Murale preview a couple of months ago) & the new packaging is gorgeous and luxe. I gave the You Complete Me & Girl, You Crazy! lashes a try and my god are they ever gorgeous. The (cruelty free, naturally shedding) mink hairs are so soft and full, they really blend in seamlessly with the natural lashes for a gorgeous look. They’re also attached to a cotton band that’s a little more flexible and can be easily manipulated to follow the lash line.

 

They’ve also created this amazing tool, the Too Easy Lash Applicator, that honestly makes application a walk in the park. As I previously mentioned, I sometimes have trouble applying lashes, but this tool makes it easy to get a good grip on them and to really get in over your own lashes so you can set them in place where you want them.

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Want to give Velour Lashes a try? I’m giving away a Velour Lashes Starter Kit ($150 value!) that includes 2 Lash sets, a Too Easy Lash Applicator and Velour Lash Adhesive so you can give these a try (and probably fall in love). Enter via the form below! Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Oh Bite Beauty, you never cease to amaze me. And in a summer where lipstick has ruled, I’m really happy that you’ve thrown your ring into the liquid lipstick ring because your version is, well, delicious. I’ve been playing with the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick for a little while now and there’s a reason why these have become so popular so quickly. Shall we?

“Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is proof that a high pigment luxurious and nourishing formula is possible with natural ingredients.” – Susanne Langmuir, Founder & Creator of Bite Beauty

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Available in 12 shades, ranging from nudes to deep maroon with everything in between, the new liquified lipsticks bring their popular Amuse Bouche lipsticks into liquid form (with new shades). They were designed to be nourishing on the lips, using natural ingredients like coconut oil, monoi butter and citrus flavour, to ensure that the formula glides on the lips smoothly leaving a creamy feel that hydrates during wear. They feel luxurious on the lip, with a really soft touch that doesn’t ever feel heavy or sticky.

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The shades are gorgeous and highly pigmented, especially the deeper shades; I love the colour and how rich they are once applied. I do notice that the lighter shades apply a little streaky and need to be blended a little for a smooth finish, but I’ve had no issues with the darker shades. For me, standouts are Chutney (my absolute favourite), Supreme and Marsala.

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Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick L-R: Braised, Candied, Caramelized, Chutney, Demi-Glace, Eclair, Flambé, Infuse, Marsala, Purée, Supreme, Whip

They apply really creamy and dry to what they call a demi-glaze finish, which means they feel satiny and have a nice hit of shine to them without being overly glossy. I do find that these transfer (especially to my teeth…), with reapplication needed every 3-4 hours to keep the colour up. For longer lasting colour, start with The Lip Pencil in a matching shade.

And now… I made my first YouTube video! Check out more swatches and a continuation of my review here:

 

Please, be gentle 😉 And if you want to see more videos, make sure you subscribe and let me know what you would like to see on my channel. This was a pretty big, nerve-wracking step for me that’s been a long time coming and it feels nice to finally make the jump. Thanks for checking it out 🙂

Which Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick shades would you like to try?

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I might not be ready to admit that summer is winding down, but it is. When the CNE is only a couple of weeks away, it’s a surefire sign that September is just around the corner, which also means back to school for many of us. I’m not heading back to school (a couple of online courses don’t count) but I still get excited thinking about BTS shopping – it was always one of my favourite things to do this time of year. Anyways, if you’re heading off for the first time or going back, check out my list of back to school essentials that will definitely make this year one to remember.

I’m notorious for having several notebooks on the go, which doesn’t always end so well. I’m totally coveting the  Rocketbook reusable notebook because it’s so cool. You write on the pages and scan the code on the page to upload everything you’ve just written (or doodled) to your computer so you have everything safely stored and organized. The pages wipe clean so you can use them again and again.

Of course, you’re going to need a backpack to lug your laptop and textbooks around in. I always love shopping for backpacks and totally go for cute (and functional) styles, like this Tibes Backpack, that makes bringing everything around with me that much easier.

Comfortable, stylish kicks are a must for getting around campus, and let’s face it, at some point you’re going to end up being late for class or an exam and will need to hightail it from one side to the other. Grab a cute pair of sneakers, like these Keds Sneakers, for comfortable days spent in classes.

  While yes, school is technically about academics, it also has a major social side to it. Print all of the snaps you capture at parties and events in an instant with the HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer so you can decorate and remember it all. I so need to get one of these!

 

We all know that school can get a little stressful, especially around exam time. If you’re living off campus and have a tub you can use, take some time to dstress when things get a little hectic with a bath bomb and keep your skin in check with The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash.

When you’ve been up all night studying or finishing an essay chances are you won’t have a lot of time to get ready to go before you head out the door. Get rid of bedhead in a flash with the InfinitiPro by Conair Hot Ionic Straightening Brush which quickly straightens and smooths the hair as you run it through your locks.

Oh, by the way, students get a free 6-month trial for Amazon Prime, and after that it’s 50% off – totally worth it, IMHO. What are you shopping for for your back to school essentials this year?

 


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Amazon.ca and contains affiliate links, but as always 

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a killer weekend. I definitely did since it was the first weekend in Toronto this summer that it hasn’t rained at all. Finally… Sunshine.

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Since it’s Monday, and Mondays aren’t always the most fun, I want to try to cheer everyone up with an amazing giveaway. My friend Gloria Chik from Rogue Stories spends a lot of her time traveling and recently put all of her time into creating The Flight Pack, a beautiful minimalistic tavel bag that takes the hassle out of packing and trying to find what you need when you’re on the go. It makes it easy to carry your essentials around without having to worry about clutter and losing sight of what you need.

The Flight Pack will be launching on Kickstarter on August 2nd, so be sure to check back on the site in the next few days to grab yours. In anticipation of this, we’ve partnered up to give one of you a chance to win The Flight Pack and a Carry-On Cocktail Kit so you’ll be ready for your next trip!

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Win The Flight Pack and a Carry-On Cocktail Kit. (Valued at $150)

Whether you’re a frequent traveler or an aspiring nomad, this might be for you.  The Flight Pack is a minimalistic, modular travel bag that’s carefully designed to keep your travel essentials organized your way. Made with premium vegan leather, gun metal details and microsuede lining, this water resistant bag will be your partner in crime when traveling.  We’ll announce the winner on August 2nd.

Where are you planning on traveling next?

 

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